Daughter of the well-known composer, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg. She was born in Stuttgart in 1796 and very early showed she had inherited her father's musical taste. When she was six years old her father died and her mother in order to care for herself and family conducted a music store. Emilie here met many musicians. After a short period of study she attracted notice by her pianoplaying and singing, and her remarkable power of sight-reading. She became a successful piano teacher, and among her compositions her songs have made her best known. She also wrote a number of pianopieces, polonaises and an overture to the play Die Geister Insel.